Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Every Day I Wake Up And Its Sunday

Your toast lands butter side down, the dog had muddy footprints, you left the hose on all night and you now have a lake where your lawn once was... Yeah, it’s just gonna be one of those days.

Hopefully "those days" are few and far between, but even if it’s only an occasional thing it’s tough to prepare and overcome. Still, I've always found that those days rarely go through on Sundays like they do on on other days of the week. I can't exactly tell you why, but I think it’s got something to do with church and the spirit you feel there.

I've heard people say that it gives them the strength to get through the rest of the week, some talk about the peace and relaxation that comes to them on that day as they take it easy, others say that worship invites the spirit to be with them throughout the rest of the week to lighten their burdens. No matter which of these you ascribe to (ill take the eclectic view personally and go with all of the above!), Sunday is a day of rest for most people.

The Lord talked about how, "the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath" in Mark, and its something that gets overlooked sometimes. Work is a good thing and a necessity of life, but rest is also a good thing and when taken hand in hand with work even better. If Jesus decided to rest of the seventh day as the world was created, its probably a good idea that we stick with that and go with it by keeping it holy and saving unnecessary work for other days. Oh, and lest we forget, it is one of the Ten Commandments.

If It Was Important Enough For God To Write It Down...

The island nation of Tonga keeps the Sabbath to the letter of the law, as commented on by John H. Grobergs talk on the Sabbath stating that,
When Sunday dawns on the kingdom of Tonga, a transformation takes place. If one goes downtown, he sees deserted streets—no taxis or buses or crowds of people. All the stores, all the markets, all the movie theaters, all the offices are closed. No planes fly, no ships come in or out, no commerce takes place. No games are played. The people go to church. Tonga is remembering to keep the Sabbath day holy. It is significant that the first country in the world to greet the holy Sabbath keeps the Sabbath holy.
I know that these people are blessed because of their commitment to keep the Sabbath holy, and I know that all of us can partake of these same blessings. Its a little thing that has a big impact on our lives. And really, is it that much of a stretch to be asked to take it easy once a week and only really focus on going to church and spending time with your family? Yeah, this is the kind of thing that turns "one of those days" into a really good day.

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